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Estimation of planes of a rock mass in a gallery wall from point cloud data based on MD PSO

Matsuura, Yuto*; Hayano, Akira; Itakura, Kenichi*; Suzuki, Yukinori*

Applied Soft Computing, 84, p.105737_1 - 105737_9, 2019/11

LiDAR (laser imaging detection and ranging) has been developed to obtain a high-resolution point cloud data indicating the detailed 3D shapes of an object. To identify discontinuities in a rock mass of a tunnel gallery wall, it is necessary to approximate the rock mass surface with small planes. Normal vectors of the planes are important to identify discontinuities. We developed an algorithm for estimation of planes based on multi-dimensional particle swarm optimization (MD PSO) from point cloud data. Point cloud data were segmented into bounding boxes and grouped into clusters by MD PSO. Planes were estimated using the least squares method for point cloud data in the respective clusters. The newly developed MD PSO algorithm was evaluated using point cloud data obtained from a gallery wall. Evaluation was carried out in comparison with the previous developed variable-box segmentation (VBS) algorithm. The MD PSO-based algorithm showed a 7% higher accuracy than that of the VBS algorithm.

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Thermodynamic interpretation of uranium(IV/VI) solubility in the presence of $$alpha$$-isosaccharinic acid

Kobayashi, Taishi*; Sasaki, Takayuki*; Kitamura, Akira

Journal of Chemical Thermodynamics, 138, p.151 - 158, 2019/11

The effect of $$alpha$$-isosaccharinic acid (ISA) on the solubility and redox of tetravalent and hexavalent uranium (U(IV), U(VI)) was investigated in the hydrogen ion concentration (pH$$_{c}$$) range of 6$$sim$$13 and at total ISA concentration ([ISA]$$_{rm tot}$$) = 10$$^{-4}$$$$sim$$10$$^{-1.2}$$ mol/dm$$^{3}$$. The dependence of U(IV) solubility on pH$$_{c}$$ and [ISA]$$_{rm tot}$$ suggested the existence of U(OH)$$_{4}$$(ISA)$$_{2}$$$$^{2-}$$ as a dominant species within the investigated pH$$_{c}$$ range of 6$$sim$$12. For the U(VI)-ISA system, UO$$_{2}$$(OH)$$_{3}$$(ISA)$$_{2}$$$$^{2-}$$ was suggested as a dominant species at pH$$_{c}$$ 7$$sim$$13. The formation constants of the U(IV)-ISA and U(VI)-ISA complexes were determined by least-squares fitting of the solubility data. The solubility of U(IV) and U(VI) in the presence of ISA and its effect on the redox behavior were thermodynamically interpreted based on the obtained constants.

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STRAD project for systematic treatments of radioactive liquid wastes generated in nuclear facilities

Watanabe, So; Ogi, Hiromichi*; Arai, Yoichi; Aihara, Haruka; Takahatake, Yoko; Shibata, Atsuhiro; Nomura, Kazunori; Kamiya, Yuichi*; Asanuma, Noriko*; Matsuura, Haruaki*; et al.

Progress in Nuclear Energy, 117, p.103090_1 - 103090_8, 2019/11

JAEA Reports

Monitoring of groundwater inflow into research galleries in the Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory Project (MIU Project); From fiscal year 2016 to 2018

Onoe, Hironori; Takeuchi, Ryuji

JAEA-Data/Code 2019-009, 22 Pages, 2019/10

Tono Geoscience Center of Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) is pursuing a geoscientific research and development project namely the Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory (MIU) Project in crystalline rock environment in order to construct scientific and technological basis for geological disposal of High-level Radioactive Waste (HLW). The MIU Project has three overlapping phases: Surface-based Investigation phase (Phase I), Construction phase (Phase II), and Operation phase (Phase III). As for The MIU Project (Phase II) was carried out from 2004 fiscal year, and has been started the Phase III in 2010 fiscal year. The groundwater inflow monitoring into shafts and research galleries, has been maintained to achieve the Phase II goals, begins in 2004 fiscal year and follows now. This document presents the results of the groundwater inflow monitoring from fiscal year 2016 to 2018.

JAEA Reports

Analysis of the radioactivity concentrations in low-level radioactive waste generated from JRR-2 and JRR-3 facilities

Haraga, Tomoko; Shimomura, Yusuke; Mitsukai, Akina; Ishimori, Kenichiro; Kameo, Yutaka

JAEA-Data/Code 2019-004, 48 Pages, 2019/10


In the future, radioactive wastes which generated from research and testing reactors in Japan Atomic Energy Agency are planning to be buried for the near surface disposal. Therefore, it is required to establish the method to evaluate the radioactivity concentrations of radioactive wastes by the time it starts disposal. In order to contribute to this work, we collected and analyzed the samples generated from JRR-2 and JRR-3. In this report, we summarized the radioactivity concentrations of 19 radionuclides ($$^{3}$$H, $$^{14}$$C, $$^{36}$$Cl, $$^{60}$$Co, $$^{63}$$Ni, $$^{90}$$Sr, $$^{94}$$Nb, $$^{99}$$Tc, $$^{rm 108m}$$Ag, $$^{129}$$I, $$^{137}$$Cs, $$^{152}$$Eu, $$^{154}$$Eu, $$^{234}$$U, $$^{238}$$U, $$^{238}$$Pu, $$^{239+240}$$Pu, $$^{241}$$Am, $$^{244}$$Cm) which were obtained from radiochemical analysis of those samples.

Journal Articles

Natural systems evidence for the effects of temperature and the activity of aqueous silica upon montmorillonite stability in clay barriers for the disposal of radioactive wastes

Savage, D.*; Wilson, J.*; Benbow, S.*; Sasamoto, Hiroshi; Oda, Chie; Walker, C.*; Kawama, Daisuke*; Tachi, Yukio

Applied Clay Science, 179, p.105146_1 - 105146_10, 2019/10

Natural systems evidence for the effects of temperature and the activity of aqueous silica upon montmorillonite stability was evaluated. Thermodynamic modeling using three different TDBs shows that stability fields for montmorillonite exist from 0 to 140$$^{circ}$$C, but at low values of silica activity, a stability field for illite replaces that for montmorillonite. Pore fluid chemical and mineralogical data for sediments from ODP sites from offshore Japan show a trend from montmorillonite + amorphous silica stability at temperatures up to 60$$^{circ}$$C to that for illite + quartz at higher temperatures. However, even over very long timescales ($$gg$$ 1 Ma), smectite does not transform to illite under thermodynamically-favourable conditions at temperatures less than 80$$^{circ}$$C.

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Intense chemical weathering in southwest Japan during the Pliocene warm period

Hatano, Nozomi*; Yoshida, Koki*; Adachi, Yoshiko*; Sasao, Eiji

Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 184, p.103971_1 - 103971_13, 2019/10

Whole rock major and REE geochemistry and mineral compositions of the Pliocene sediments in southwest Japan reveal the effects of source rock compositions and grain sizes, as well as the relationship between sedimentary environments and the degree of chemical weathering in the Pliocene warm period. A wide variation in the degree of chemical weathering, source rock compositions and grain sizes were observed with vertical and spatial changes in the sedimentary environment. Regardless of the wide variety of source rock compositions and grain sizes, REE and kaolinite-rich clay mineral concentrations in sediments, of which CIA values are generally above 90, are indicative of the intense weathering conditions that prevailed in the Pliocene period (3-4 Ma) in southwest Japan.

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Quantitative micro-X-ray fluorescence scanning spectroscopy of wet sediment based on the X-ray absorption and emission theories; Its application to freshwater lake sedimentary sequences

Katsuta, Nagayoshi*; Takano, Masao*; Sano, Naomi; Tani, Yukinori*; Ochiai, Shinya*; Naito, Sayuri*; Murakami, Takuma*; Niwa, Masakazu; Kawakami, Shinichi*

Sedimentology, 66(6), p.2490 - 2510, 2019/10

Micro-X-ray fluorescence (XRF) scanning spectroscopy of marine and lake sedimentary sequences can provide detailed paleoenvironmental records available through element intensities proxy data. However, problems for effects of interstitial pore water on the micro-XRF intensities have been pointed out so far because of direct measurement on the split wet sediment surfaces. In this study, new methods for the XRF corrections were developed by being considered with the micro-X-ray scanning spectroscopy.

JAEA Reports

Research plan on geosphere stability for long-term isolation of radioactive waste (Scientific program for fiscal year 2019)

Ishimaru, Tsuneari; Ogata, Nobuhisa; Hanamuro, Takahiro; Shimada, Akiomi; Kokubu, Yoko; Asamori, Koichi; Niwa, Masakazu; Shimada, Koji; Watanabe, Takahiro; Sueoka, Shigeru; et al.

JAEA-Review 2019-010, 46 Pages, 2019/09


This report is a plan of research and development (R&D) on geosphere stability for long-term isolation of high-level radioactive waste (HLW) in Japan Atomic Energy Agency, in fiscal year 2019. The objectives and contents in fiscal year 2019 are described in detail based on the outline of 7 years plan (fiscal years 2015-2021). Background of this research is clarified with the necessity and the significance for site investigation and safety assessment, and the past progress in this report. In addition, the plan framework is structured into the following categories: (1) Development and systematization of investigation techniques, (2) Development of models for long-term estimation and effective assessment, (3) Development of dating techniques.

JAEA Reports

XAFS measurement of simulated waste glass samples (Joint research)

Nagai, Takayuki; Sasage, Kenichi; Okamoto, Yoshihiro; Shiwaku, Hideaki; Yamagishi, Hirona*; Ota, Toshiaki*; Inose, Takehiko*; Sato, Seiichi*; Hatakeyama, Kiyoshi*; Takahashi, Tomoe*; et al.

JAEA-Research 2019-003, 94 Pages, 2019/09


The local structures of glass-forming elements and waste elements would change by the chemical composition of waste glass including those elements. In this study, simulated waste glass samples were prepared from borosilicate glass frit including phosphorus (P) or vanadium (V), and we investigated local structures of boron, sodium, and waste elements in these P glass and V glass samples by using synchrotron XAFS measurements in soft and hard X ray region.

JAEA Reports

Hydraulic tests using borehole PB-V01 in the Horonobe Underground Research Project

Samata, Yoichi; Iwata, Tatsuya*; Ishii, Eiichi

JAEA-Data/Code 2019-008, 19 Pages, 2019/09


In Horonobe Underground Research Laboratory Project, hydraulic tests for the excavation damaged zone have been performed in order to characterize the hydrological properties of the zone. In PB-V01 borehole, pore pressure observation started in October 2008, but the pore pressure is currently reduced by about 3 MPa compared to that time. In this report, in order to evaluate the influence that this pore pressure drop has on the permeability of the rock, the results of the in-situ permeability test using the long-term hydraulic pressure monitoring device installed in the same hole are summarized.

JAEA Reports

The Regional-scale 3D geological model in the Horonobe Underground Research Laboratory Project

Sakai, Toshihiro; Matsuoka, Toshiyuki

JAEA-Data/Code 2019-007, 29 Pages, 2019/09


Japan Atomic Energy Agency is performing the Horonobe Underground Research Laboratory Project, which includes a scientific study of the deep geological environment as a basis of research and development for the geological disposal of high level radioactive wastes, in order to establish comprehensive techniques for the investigation, analysis and assessment of the deep geological environment in the sedimentary rock. This report summarize numerical data of 3D geological model in regional-scale constructed by Maptek$$^{rm TM}$$ Vulcan$$^{rm TM}$$.

Journal Articles

Diagrams for finite strain equations and rough estimation of shear strain

Shimada, Koji

Chishitsu Gijutsu, (9), p.25 - 40, 2019/09

Today many collaborations are there in Earth-scientific research and development. Structural geology can serve crucial information on tectonic strain at sampling point in Japan, belonging to the circum-Pacific orogenic belt. Visualize of strain estimation would be effective during field geological survey and for better understanding for non-specialist on structural geology. Illustrations decoding mathematical expressions of strain estimation methods are presented here.

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Protolith identification of bedding-parallel, smectite-bearing shear zones in argillaceous and siliceous marine sediments; Discriminating between tephra-derived shear zones and host-rock-derived fault gouges

Ishii, Eiichi

Engineering Geology, 259, p.105203_1 - 105203_9, 2019/09

Smectite-bearing shear zones are crucial in a variety of geoscientific and geoengineering fields due to the unique physicochemical properties of smectite. Although such shear zones worldwide occur in marine argillaceous/siliceous sediments, tephra-derived and host rock-derived are possible as their origin, and these shear zones potentially differ in amount of smectite, extent of the spatial distribution, and time of the formation. Nevertheless, it is hard to discriminate these origins by observation. This paper proposes a method utilizing the following two indicators for the discrimination: one is a proportion ratio of smectite to illite, sm/(ill+sm), in the clay fractions of the samples; the other is a concentration ratio of conservative elements, Al$$_{2}$$O$$_{3}$$/TiO$$_{2}$$ (wt%/wt%), in bulk chemistry of the samples. Although high sm/(ill+sm) values can be an evidence indicating tephra-derived origin, the values may decrease by mineralogical disturbance/alteration during shear deformation, which make the discrimination difficult. The Al$$_{2}$$O$$_{3}$$/TiO$$_{2}$$ values different from those of the host rock can also be an evidence of tephra-derived origin, based on previous studies, and the measurement error is also very small, compared to the analytical error of sm/(ill+sm). But the Al$$_{2}$$O$$_{3}$$/TiO$$_{2}$$ values of shear zones may intrinsically be the same as those of the host rock even if those shear zones were derived from tephra layers. Application of these indicators to the protolith identification of bedding-parallel clay-rich shear zones in a folded siliceous mudstone (Hokkaido, Japan) demonstrates that combining sm/(ill+sm) and Al$$_{2}$$O$$_{3}$$/TiO$$_{2}$$ is useful as a first diagnosis to identify the protolith more easily and more confidently.

Journal Articles

Characterizing the permeability of drillhole core samples of Toki granite, central Japan to identify factors influencing rock-matrix permeability

Kubo, Taiki*; Matsuda, Norihiro*; Kashiwaya, Koki*; Koike, Katsuaki*; Ishibashi, Masayuki; Tsuruta, Tadahiko; Matsuoka, Toshiyuki; Sasao, Eiji; Lanyon, G. W.*

Engineering Geology, 259, p.105163_1 - 105163_15, 2019/09

Rock matrix permeability is mainly controlled by microcracks. This study aims to identify the factors influencing the permeability of the Toki granite, central Japan. Permeability of core samples, measured by a gas permeameter, largely increases in the fault and fracture zones. Although a significant correlation is identified between permeability and P-wave velocity, this correlation is enhanced by classifying the samples into two groups by the Mn/Fe concentration ratio. Thus, lithofacies is another control factor for permeability due to the difference in mineral composition. Moreover, permeability shows significant negative and positive correlations with Si and Ca concentrations, respectively. These concentrations are probably affected by dissolution of silicate minerals and calcite generation in the hydrothermal alteration process. Therefore, a combination of hydrothermal alteration and strong faulting are the predominant processes for controlling permeability.

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Spin rotation, glassy state, and magnetization switching in ${it R}$CrO$$_{3}$$ (${it R}$=La$$_{1-x}$$Pr$$_{x}$$, Gd, and Tm); Reinvestigation of magnetization reversal

Yoshii, Kenji

Journal of Applied Physics, 126(12), p.123904_1 - 123904_8, 2019/09

We have reinvestigated the magnetization reversal in perovskites La$$_{1-x}$$Pr$$_{x}$$CrO$$_{3}$$, GdCrO$$_{3}$$, and TmCrO$$_{3}$$ and show that spin rotation or reorientation plays a key role in this property. The magnetization measurements on all systems show the appearance and disappearance of the reversal are commonly depend on a strength of a Zeeman energy at the rare earth site in analogy with spin rotation in GdCrO$$_{3}$$ and TmCrO$$_{3}$$, denoted at the spin reorientation. Magnetic susceptibility measurements point to either superparamagnetic or single-molecule-magnet-like glassy behavior in all three systems, which is likely linked to a rotation of the R$$^{3+}$$-Cr$$^{3+}$$ coupling, as seen from magnetocalorimetry ($$R$$ = La$$_{1-x}$$Pr$$_{x}$$, Gd, and Tm). We also present a characteristic magnetization switching by rotating the R$$^{3+}$$ moments with the aid of large Zeeman energies.

Journal Articles

Hydration and degradation of High content Fly ash Silica fume Cement (HFSC)

Anraku, Sotaro; Walker, C.*; Oda, Chie; Mihara, Morihiro; Honda, Akira

Proceedings of 15th International Congress on the Chemistry of Cement (ICCC 2019) (Internet), 11 Pages, 2019/09

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Formation of metal ion complexes in cementitious porewaters and leachates

Walker, C.*; Anraku, Sotaro; Oda, Chie; Mihara, Morihiro; Honda, Akira

Proceedings of 15th International Congress on the Chemistry of Cement (ICCC 2019) (Internet), 11 Pages, 2019/09

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Development of phosphate modified CAC cementitious systems with reduced water content for the immobilization of radioactive wastes

Garcia-Lodeiro, I.*; Irisawa, Keita; Meguro, Yoshihiro; Kinoshita, Hajime*

Proceedings of 15th International Congress on the Chemistry of Cement (ICCC 2019) (Internet), 10 Pages, 2019/09

The immobilization of low or intermediate-level radioactive wastes in cements is a common practise. Grout, a mixture of Portland cement and supplemental cementitious materials, is commonly used to encapsulate the wastes. However, the conventional cementing process based on portland cement has the risk of hydrogen gas generation, due to the radiolysis of the water intrinsically present in the cement matrix both in the pore solution and the hydrated products. The addition of phosphates to calcium aluminate cement (CAC) is interesting because this system sets and hardens via the acid-based reaction, between the acid phosphate solution and the basic CAC cement. Due to this different mechanism of reaction, it would be possible to generate a solid cementitious product with a reduced water content, which can be beneficial to minimize the risk of hydrogen gas generation associated with the radiolysis of water by radioactive wastes. The present study investigates the effect of water reduction on a phosphate modified CAC systems at different temperatures (35$$^{circ}$$C, 60$$^{circ}$$C, 95$$^{circ}$$C, 110$$^{circ}$$C,180$$^{circ}$$C) in the initial 7 days of curing. Experimental results indicate that these phosphate-based cements do not form the conventional CAC crystalline hydration products in the condition tested, but provide a structural integrity despite a significant amount of water loss. The results also suggest the formation of hydroxyapatite in samples cured at 95$$^{circ}$$C.

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A Measurement method of long-term mechanical stability of support and rock mass after the excavation of galleries; Case study in Horonobe Underground Research Center

Aoyagi, Kazuhei; Sakurai, Akitaka; Miyara, Nobukatsu; Sugita, Yutaka; Tanai, Kenji

Shigen, Sozai Koenshu (Internet), 6(2), 7 Pages, 2019/09

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